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What steps should you take before you freeze fresh zucchini?

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Quick Answer

Blanch the zucchini before placing it in the freezer. Blanching consist of immersing food in boiling water prior to freezing. Zucchini can be frozen in its natural state, but blanching eliminates the possibility of mushiness or discoloration.

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  1. Boil a pot of water

    Place a pot of unsalted water on the stove, and bring it to a boil. Avoid using salt to prevent vegetables from becoming mushy.

  2. Chop zucchini into the preferred shape

    Zucchini can be chopped into slices, quartered slices or halfed slices. Chop according to your preference.

  3. Add the zucchini to the boiling water

    Place the zucchini pieces in the boiling water for one to two minutes. Test smaller sizes after a minute. Larger sizes should be tested after two minutes.

  4. Place cooked zucchini in a bowl of ice water and drain

    After cooking in boiling water, place the zucchini in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain immediately.

  5. Place drained zucchini in a freezer bag

    Place the zucchini in a freezer bag to prepare it for freezing.

  6. Place the bag of zucchini in the back of the freezer

    Once the blanching process is complete and the zucchini is bagged, place the zucchini in the back of the freezer to ensure a consistent temperature.

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